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12 Of The Best High Teas In Brisbane

By Cola Hardman

Is there anything better than a warm scone slathered with jam and cream, a crustless cucumber sandwich or a perfect, bite-sized eclair at one of the best high teas in Brisbane/Meanjin? Combine that with a fancy cup of mint tea or a cheeky glass of champagne, and you’ve found yourself the perfect afternoon—or at least we here at Urban List sure think so. 

No matter if you’re celebrating a special occasion, catching up over tiny sandwiches or having a mother-daughter date, Brisbane has some pretty spectacular places to slip into civilised society—here's where to find them. 

The Lab

Brisbane CBD

The high tea at The Lab is the kind of classic, English garden-worthy experience you’d expect from Treasury Brisbane—if you’re looking to take your nanna out for a treat on a Saturday or Sunday, this is where to head. Chef Steven Jones polished his high tea repertoire in his years working at five-star establishments in London, so you can expect good things for your $58pp (or $69pp with a glass of Chandon). 

W Brisbane 

Brisbane CBD


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Forever getting creative with their high tea options, W Brisbane has gone and done it again, with an Pretty In Pink High Tea worth donning your best coral outfit for. Featuring an array of sweet and savoury conconctions in various shades of pink, it includes the likes of red velvet cupcakes with rose petals, raspberry opera cake with pearls and pink sugar-glazed lemonade scones with cream and strawberry jam. Our favourite part though, is the vanilla buttercream cake with strawberry filling which you get to decorate with pink icing—and then eat. Better yet, you can pair it with a Pretty In Pink cocktail for $99pp—or just stick to endless tea and coffee for $79pp. It's available Friday to Sunday from 1 May to 23 June, so book yourself in now.

Lennons Restaurant and Bar 

Brisbane CBD

a tiered brisbane high tea tray at lennons
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If you’re not a morning person and haven't been able to take advantage of a bougie high tea as a result, Lennons Restaurant And Bar has you covered with their afternoon tea on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm. An offering that changes with the seasons, the current high tea menu is all about Aussie Icons, featuring nostalgic treats like vegemite scrolls, finger buns, mini pavlovas and ice cream sandwhiches. You can even upgrade from the $49pp traditional high tea to include a Tim Tam espresso martini a glass of champagge for $69pp, which we highly recommend. 

Bar 1603 

Brisbane CBD


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Want something a little different than your usual tiered tray of scones and macarons? Bar 1603 dishes up a high tea offering that is a sight to behold. The Zen Garden High Tea features Japanese bites like sashimi, pork gyoza, tamago sando, rice balls and karaage chicken all artfully arranged on a share plate. The real eye-catcher though, is the completely edible chocolate cherry blossom tree in one corner, which is perched over a selection of other treats like matcha mousse, mochi with ice cream and gold chocolate nuggets. 

Goldfinch 

Brisbane CBD


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We’ve always thought Goldfinch’s stunning interiors—with their greenhouse-like dining area complete with lush greenery and florals hanging from the ceiling—would make a dreamy high tea spot, and they’ve finally come to the party with a delightful offering. For $69pp, you can nibble your way through a three-tier tray of ribbon sandwiches, decadent mini cakes and of course, buttermilk scones with jam and cream, plus a glass of sparkling to wash it down. A premium tea selection is also included, or you can upgrade to two hours of bubbles for $30pp (why wouldn’t you?). The high tea is available every weekend from 12pm-2.30pm, and you get all the details here.

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The Matriarch 

Newstead

You’ve heard of boozy brunch, now we present to you Fancy Tea. Served in the eclectic and intimate cocktail garden at The Matriarch, you can get all of your high tea essentials such as sandwiches, scones macarons and madeleines, with a twist. That twist being a trio of tea-infused mini cocktails to accompany your delectable sweet feast for $70pp. More into the classic version? You can also do a sparkling high tea with a glass of French Rosé or a house mocktail for $55pp, with tea and coffee included. 

The Balfour Kitchen

New Farm


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Indulge in wondrous creations while sipping on a range of specialty teas and enjoying the view of the lush courtyard at Spicers Balfour in New Farm at this once-monthly weekend offering. On the menu you'll find classic high tea nibbles like macarons, lemon curd tarts, freshly baked scones and chicken and mustard brioche as well some inclusions worthy of such a fine dining spot, like pork terrine with pickled onion and spanner crab tarts with avocado mousse. Whether you dine in the stylish restaurant, on the wrap-around verandah of the old Queenslander, or under the blossoming frangipani trees in the courtyard, the choice is yours.

Dandelion & Driftwood

Hendra

Dandelion & Driftwood have always known how to put on a good high tea, so we’re stoked they’re back in Hendra with a new cafe where we can enjoy it. Using their renowned signature recipes, D & D’s delicate three-tiered high tea stands come filled with sweet and savoury delights, from fluffy scones with jam and cream to ribbon sandwiches and pretty cupcakes, starting from $60pp, and if you want something a little harder than tea, you can pair your feast with champagne or signature cocktail. Staying in? You can even order a complete high tea to take away seven days.

Bacchus 

South Bank 


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Bacchus is famed for two things—their degustation menu and their uber fancy high teas. It's the latter which we'll focus on here of course, though you might want to sample their degustation on another occasion. Served with free-flowing Harney & Sons tea on William Edwards fine bone chinaware, this high tea is as traditional as they come—though you can upgrade to a two-hour Mumm sparkling package if you turn your nose up at tradition. Nibble your way through tuna sandwiches, mac 'n' cheese croquettes, lemon tarts and of course, scones with jam and cream, with a children's option available as well if you've got a tiny prince or princess who likes to feel prim and proper.

Patina By Customs House

Brisbane CBD

The Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House is fit for all kinds of queen, complete with the most fantastic views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River. You'll be feasting as well as your eyes are on smoked salmon blinis, gruyere and leek tarts, macarons and raspberry scones with plenty of tea and coffee and a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier all for $88pp.

Belle Epoque 

South Bank

a plate of brisbane high tea treats at belle epoque
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Belle Epoque gives the closest experience to a Parisian café that you will find stepping off the streets of Brisbane. Their high tea is an absolute crowd-pleaser, with vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free menus available from $80pp up to $130pp with two hours of bottomless champagne. We’re drooling over the leek, mushroom and goat cheese terrine, which you can chase with their rum baba with caramelised banana and salted caramel whip. C’est magnifique!

Room With Roses

Brisbane CBD

Tucked away upstairs in the historic Brisbane Arcade, Room With Roses is a Brisbane high tea heaven for traditionalists. Famed for their scones with jam and cream, not to mention their passionfruit sponge, it’s a beautiful spot to really relax and savour your surroundings. Their classic high tea will set you back $124 for two and comes with a glass of sparkling, plus a pot of tea. Personally though, we'd be going for the chocolate fondue high tea...

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